9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

1
night
Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
On the 1st (Sun), take a stroll through Jew Town, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, and finally browse the different shops at LuLu Mall.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Kochi (Cochin). Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

2
nights
Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar trip maker app .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the activities along Periyar Lake and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Thekkady holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

2
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kuttikattu Sree Bhadra Kali Devi Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Edathua Church, then stroll through Alappuzha Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha trip planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Alappuzha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

2
nights
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kovalam: Poovar Island (in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)) and Vivekananda Rock Memorial (in Kanyakumari). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kovalam online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kovalam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Vivekananda Rock Memorial
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Spas

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